Board appoints new assistant superintendent |

Board appoints new assistant superintendent

Cory Fisher

The Board of Trustees for the Lake Tahoe Unified School District announced their unanimous approval Tuesday for the appointment of a former Stockton high school principal as the new assistant superintendent.

Dr. Barbara Davis will replace Rich Alexander, who was named LTUSD superintendent in June.

“Barbara has an extensive K through 12 background,” said Alexander. “She has the qualities we’re looking for – she’s got a strong background in curriculum and instruction, problem solving, community issues and bilingual education.”

Soon to be the only woman to hold the position in the history of the district, Davis was the unanimous choice of the 18-member interviewing panel comprised of teachers, administrators, classified district personnel and community members.

Of the 39 applicants, six were interviewed – five of whom were from outside the district.

Davis could not be reached for comment.

“(Davis) is going to be a real asset – she’s a real people person and very enthusiastic,” said panelist and Meyers Elementary School fifth-grade teacher Sue Louis. “Our panel was an extremely diverse group, but we all felt she stood above the rest. As a teacher who serves on a number of district committees, I’m looking forward to working with her.”

Davis earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of the Pacific in Stockton, Calif., as well as a doctorate in education administration in 1994.

Starting out as an elementary school teacher in the Stockton Unified School District 1972, Davis became vice principal in 1985 and principal in 1987.

In 1991, Davis moved over to the smaller nearby Lincoln Unified School District, where she was hired as a K-8 principal. From the fall of 1996 to the present, she has served as principal of Lincoln High School, a 9th- through 12th-grade school with roughly 2,200 students.

“Barbara is a great loss to our district – we’re in mourning,” said Lincoln Unified School District Superintendent Steve Farrar. “You’ve found an outstanding educator with a winning combination – competence and compassion. But if we’re going to lose a star, we want to make sure she lands in the right place, and it sounds as though she has.”

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